F&W's awesome DC stringer Amanda McClementsF&W’s outstanding Washington, DC, correspondent, Amanda McClements, is way ahead of me when it comes to an ingenious plan to stay hydrated during this hideous heat wave. Here’s her early look at DC’s brand new Estadio, featuring a menu of very cool (no pun intended) “slushitos”:
I’ve picked my poison for the dog days of summer, and it comes from a slushy machine. Adult frozen drinks, a.k.a. slushitos, have hit Washington, DC, at Estadio, Mark Kuller’s new Spanish tapas joint that opened on 14th Street last week. Among bar manager Adam Bernbach’s knockout flavors: the Spanish-inspired quince with lemon, paprika, Scotch and sherry. “I was playing around with membrillo, and something about it reminded me of Scotch,” Bernbach says. “I thought it would be really fun.” Also churning in the slushy machine: fresh strawberries with lime, basil, Campari and gin. Bernbach plans to offer new slushito flavors each month.
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Estadio's adult slushiesEstadio’s chef is Haidar Karoum, who also heads the kitchen at Kuller’s wine-centric restaurant Proof. Karoum’s menu includes excellent pintxos and tapas like jamón croquetas, a blood-sausage bocadillo with Cabrales cheese, and grilled octopus with potato-and-caper salad. Also moonlighting from Proof is wine director Sebastian Zutant, whose list at Estadio is almost exclusively Spanish. He’s mixing some of the wines into cocktails; I love the Txakoli with lemon soda and orange bitters (will I see it soon as a slushito??). They're served out of spout-shaped glass porrons (wine pitcher) that you tip directly into your mouth—or sometimes, if you’re not careful, onto your shirt.